AsTeRICS Grid Dynamic Communicator
9 – Actions – Navigate to other grid
The next action we are going to learn how to use is the Navigate to other grid action, a fundamental action when we are going to create grids organised with Nuclear Vocabulary by categories, as many of their cells will be linked to other grids.
In our example communicator, we show you how useful it is. Our user wants to drink water and forms the phrase I+WANT. The verb DRINK is located inside the ACTIONS cell (category), so, when clicking on this cell, a new linked grid appears where are showed all the most common actions for our user. Only remains to click on the DRINK symbol cell, which will be added to the accumulated phrase.
If we want to add a drink, we click on the Home cell to go back and select the DRINKS cell (category). In the new linked grid, the most common drinks will appear for the user, who will only have to choose the one he/she wants.
If you look closely at the grid, in all cells that have a linked grid, a small square is added to the upper right side of the cell.
In order to be able to link grids, we have to have previously created several grids to be able to navigate to them.
To do this, go to the Manage grids section in the side navigation menu and select the New grid option.
In this section, we can view and manage all the grids we have created. Although we will explain how this section works in a tutorial, we will highlight two important options.
On the one hand, if we move to the end of this section, we find the option Select Home Grid to link to the Global Grid. In the next tab, we select the grid that we are going to use as the main grid of our communicator.
On the other hand, although the communicator is automatically synchronized on all our devices, it is important to save a backup copy on our computer or device using the More option, located on the upper right side.
In this way, we ensure that we have a copy of our communicator and can also use it on another computer or device. To do this, we must use the Restore backup from file option and import the backup file that we have previously downloaded.
In AsTeRICS Grid, we can link boards in two different ways.
On the one hand, we edit the main board and we navigate over the cell we want to link to a grid. When you right-click the mouse, the option Set navigation appears.
Selecting this option opens a pop-up window in which we can choose between Navigate to grid or Create new grid.
In case we want to navigate to an already created grid, we can select it by clicking directly on the tab. From now on, when we click on this cell, we will be redirected to the linked grid.
The other option we can use from this window is to Create a new grid and link it automatically.
To do so, we select the option Create new grid and in the lower window, we assign the Name of the new grid.
Now we go to the Manage grids section and look for the new grid. We assign it a name and we can now edit it to complete it with the pictograms that will make up this linked grid.
Another way to link boards is in the pop-up window that appears when you right-click on the cell editing.
In this pop-up window, we go to the Actions tab, select Navigate to other grid and click on +Add action.
A new menu appears at the bottom of the window.
In this window, we find at the bottom the option to Navigate to other grid. We open the next tab and all the grids we have created will appear. We select the grid we want to link when we click on our cell.
We can also activate the option of Add this element to collection elements in case it is necessary for this cell to appear in the accumulated phrase.
In the previous screenshot, we can see that different actions can be accumulated in the same cell. In the example screenshot, we keep the option to Speak label. Thus, when we click on this cell in visualization mode, it will speak the cell text and navigate to the linked grid.